13 Jul Architects Future Of Office Design
The Architects future of office design For office workspaces in progress, means some have begun asking their designers to revamp plans to accommodate distancing and safe collaborative work. Considering the current global health crisis, what is the future of workplace design?
Based on TPG Architecture employee survey, 86% of respondents said that collaboration with their teams would be their #1 reason for wanting to return to the office. With intelligent redesigns, they can do just that. Suzette Subance Ferrier
When coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders were announced in the United States this past March, their durations were largely undetermined. But now, nearly four months later, as spikes of infections are being seen again across several states, it has become clear to the design world that changes to physical space must be made in order to stop COVID-19’s spread. Some employers are retrofitting close quarters with protective shields and hand sanitizing stations while others are considering new ways to use their existing office while staying socially distanced. For office workspaces in progress, some have begun asking their designers to revamp plans to accommodate distancing and safe collaborative work. Considering the current global health crisis, what is the future of workplace design? Three architects weigh in on how offices can remain safe after employees return to work.
“The future success of a healthy workplace will be incumbent on smart planning strategies and behavioral responsibility,” says Suzette Subance Ferrier, managing executive and studio creative director of New York-based TPG Architecture. “Right now, we aren’t seeing a complete shift to cubicles. What we are seeing is a de-densification of the workplace.” For each employer, and each office space, she explains, the physical solution will be different, but the key in all cases is flexibility in design. Moveable furniture and partitions, touchless screens and devices, even lockers to protect personal belongings for companies that move to partial work-from-home schedules to keep building at 50% capacity or lower could all be implemented to protect the health of employees. This month, the firm completed a case study for an “office of the future” with COVID-19 in mind. A redesign of an interior plan for a current office project for a TAMI (Technology, Advertising, Media, and Information) client, TPG Architecture’s solution for social distancing keeps a 3-foot radius between workers at desks while also allowing collaborative space for small groups.